Eco-Schools in the spotlight at Scottish Parliament

Educators and young people joined us at the Scottish Parliament on the evening of 27 June to showcase their involvement with our education initiatives to MSPs.

Hosted for us by Kate Forbes MSP the round table event brought together MSPs to hear from those directly involved in Eco-Schools Scotland and our professional learning programmes.

Ms Forbes and our Charity Trustee, Bruce Robertson, welcomed seven young people from Kinlochleven High School along with their Head Teacher Rebecca Machin, Kate O'Neil from Cornton Nusery, Colette Write from Caledonia Primary School and Language Unit, and Hazel McKinnon from the Isobel Mair School and Family Centre to tell their stories.

The educators and young people clearly explained how their involvement in Eco-Schools Scotland, professional learning programmes and our other education activities have supported them to meet and achieve wider impacts in their community as well as in attainment, skill development and collaborative action on learning for sustainability.

Mr Robertson also took the opportunity to highlight to MSPs our work to integrate the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals to our education initiatives.

He commented: "I'd like to thank Kate Forbes MSP for hosting such an inspiring event.  The young people and educators were excellent advocates; highlighting the many wider impacts of environmental education.

“For more than two decades we have helped young people to understand the global and local environmental issues they face now and in the future. More than a million young people have benefited from environmental learning through Eco-Schools Scotland and we look forward to supporting more children, and educators, as we refresh the programme later this year."

27 June 2017

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